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Shipwrecks of May 4

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For those who like easy to get to wrecks in relatively clear water, the wreck of the Hesper sunk in Lake Superior in 1905 might be just their thing. For me, I am more interested in the British snow Success, which was sunk in 1761 in the muddy waters of Rebellion Roads in Charleston Harbor, with a treasure said to now be worth between 25 and 50 million dollars.

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Shipwrecks of May 3

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Shipwrecks of May 3

Today’s question is: which Allied destroyer went to the bottom with a fortune in gold in May or June of 1940? That gold would be worth over $83,000,000 today? Shipwrecks take place all over the world, some of today’s wrecks were in the warm waters of the Caribbean, but others were in harsher climes. Twelve of the crew of the SS Columbian perished from thirst, hunger and exposure before being picked up in the ...

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Shipwrecks of May 2

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Today’s shipwrecks include a Canadian steamer that sank in World War One with religious articles, but whether they were the bones of saints, vestments, or church treasures in gold or silver is not known. The same ship likely carried shipments of gold and silver bullion.

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May 2

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1774: The vessel Polly, Captain Waid, ...

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shipwrecks of May 1

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The ten carronades thrown overboard from HMS Sylph in shallow water off South Carolina during the War of 1812 would make a nice find. Of course, an even better find would be the tons gold and silver believed to have been carried on a couple of ships that sank on May 1st during World War Two.

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May 1

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Shipwrecks of April 30

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I have always been fascinated by the Comet sunk in Charleston in 1780 and believe she could be found. Lots of merchant and warships lost on April 30 for each year in both World Wars.

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April 30

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1761: The snow Rebecca, Captain Archibald Stewart, of and from Philadelphia, bound to Charleston, South Carolina, was lost on ...

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Shipwrecks of April 29

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Shipwrecks of April 29

April 29 was the day of New Zealand’s greatest maritime loss. On the same day, but many years before her, HMS London was burned by her own crew on the coast of West Africa. The Swedish steamer Nanking, bound from India to England, was torpedoed on that day in WWII. She had made a stop at Cape Town raising questions as to why. Did she pick up a cargo of gold bullion or even ...

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Shipwrecks of April 28

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Treasure comes in all forms. One of today’s shipwrecks carried tons of copper, lead, tin, silver and tungsten. Her people all got off alive, but over 2,000 on another ship that sank on an April 28, were not so fortunate. April 28 was also the day of the “mutiny on the Bounty,” which has been commemorated in books, films, and songs.

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April 28

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Shipwrecks of April 27

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Did a safe with gold go down on the Mississippi River steamer Sultana? Probably, unfortunately we may never know. She is barely a footnote in American history, but we do know that her destruction cost more lives than the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The mighty Mississippi later changed its path and there is evidence that the wreck is now buried under a farmer’s soybean field, two miles from the river’s present course.

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Shipwrecks of April 26

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Today’s shipwrecks include a Spanish frigate that had carried a shipment of silver coins; an English warship that was afterwards salvaged of her guns; a U.S. steamer that had been captured, used and scuttled by the Confederates; and a Japanese transport that went down with 2,669 people. The question for this day is “did a ton of gold go down on the SS Colin?”

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April 26

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Shipwrecks of April 25

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Have you ever heard of lead silver bullion? Thirteen thousand bars of it went down in the SS Ballarat in 1917. The wreck has been found, but I haven’t heard of any of the bars on it being recovered. Have you?

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April 25

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1765: The vessel Medway Planter, Captain Lislie, bound from Jamaica ...

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